With a week off school combined with fantastic conditions in the mountains, half term is a popular time for family ski holidays.
If you want to book your young ones into lessons, Ski Schule Arlberg has an office in St. Christoph as well as a fantastic children’s area with magic carpet, drag lifts and a playground where children can enjoy themselves as they learn to ski. A number of independent, one-man ski schools in the area can be a good choice for families too (look up Franz Klimmer – his previous students include Prince Edward) and there are several more tuition options if you prefer to be based in St. Anton like Skischule St. Anton. Private lessons are well worth considering if you want to learn and improve with friends and family.
In terms of skiing, the conditions should be brilliant at this point in the season – particularly given the village altitude of 1800m (it’s one of the highest in Europe). The routes near to St. Christoph are good for beginners - 8A in the resort itself and has two nice, short blue runs where you can practice and build confidence and Blue 8 leads back to the village. Families might also enjoy some of the gentle pistes around Rendl. Expert skiers can travel further into Arlberg for challenging red and black runs. There’s some fantastic off-piste –tackle the powder together with an experienced guide.
After a tough day’s ski, enjoy quality time together in your hotel or chalet. For activities at a faster pace, it’s best to head to St. Anton. There is a weekly ski show – previous years have seen fireworks and a various ski thrills and spills. The Arl.Rock Centre, with its tennis courts and climbing walls, is a fantastic place for some indoor activities and you can book accommodation with its own swimming pool or spa if you fancy something a little closer to home.
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